July 9, 2021

Meal Of The Week And Shark Week Starts

 

We had an extra set of paws here yesterday as Flynn watched Madison and Nicolas's pup Draper. He is a cutie!

The meal of the week was this quick and delicious pasta I threw together last evening. I was feeling pasta, so I boiled some ziti noodles, drained them, and put them in a baking dish. I had some amazing mozzarella and provolone cheese slices from the Italian grocery, so I laid the mozzarella on first, added some pasta sauce, then laid the provolone slices next. I chopped some fresh basil and sprinkled that on along with some grated parmesan, covered it with foil, and baked it until it was bubbly. It was delicious. The perfect meal for a rainy summer evening. 

And I am slowly making my way back to the mixer, folks. I decided to whip up a chocolate cake for a special treat because I always like a little chocolate with my pasta. Peyton has me spoiled, and I honestly haven't baked in forever. This was a box mix, Duncan Hines is the very best, but it turned out delicious. Who knows? By the end of summer, I may be able to make cookies again!

Here is the schedule for shark week! Can we watch programs about sharks any other week of the year? Sure. But there is something special about joining in with so many others and watching together. Enjoy!




Finishing off with some photos of the lake. I took a few this week as we were out tubing with the kids. Steve took some last evening as he sat on the dock fishing. I am thankful for this lake I didn't even know I wanted. It brings fun and excitement in the form of tubing with music playing, and it also brings peace and contentment in the form of moments spent sipping coffee or sitting quietly. I suppose we all need some of both.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Enjoy and be cozy.






17 comments:

  1. Your lake photos are gorgeous.
    I could taste the chocolate cake in my mind and it makes my mouth want it!

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  2. Shark week I bet my grandson would love that.

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  3. Oh such beautiful photos, smiles---have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

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  4. Hi Billie Jo - your meals always look amazing. Enjoy Shark Week. I love those beautiful pictures of the Lake. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. :-)

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  5. So much goodness. (I too like chocolate after my pasta.) Happy Weekend!

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  6. your pasta sounds yummy and your chocolate cake loos so good too. Enjoyed the pretty pictures of the lake - peaceful. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Lake photos are just gorgeous. I especially like the second one.

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  8. Such pretty pictures of the lake!

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  9. Beautiful views, my daughter just bought a house on the lake and they enjoy visits on the weekends. It is peaceful there. Love the meal and especially the cake:) I have a bit of a sweet tooth lately:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  10. Pasta dinner with chocolate cake looks delicious!! Lovely evening photos and cute dog. I was out and about Friday and Saturday so I decided to get a pizza from Papap Murphys. I didn't want to cook and clean up a bunch of stuff in kitchen. I have a friend that really likes shark week. I have not seen it often. I may see if I can find it on Roku tv on Discovery channel. May have to pay for it though. Will see! Have a good week!

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  11. Just wondering... Are you SURE that your lake is fresh water?
    Cue Jaws music

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  12. That chocolate cake looks amazing! Have a great week. Xx

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  13. I really wish we lived on the water! It looks so peaceful there. I love that you are loving it even though you didn't know how wonderful it would be when you moved there. God always knows what we need even when we don't. :)

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  14. The first thing I noticed was your blue rug, it's so pretty. I love blue in the home. And that chocolate cake! Yes, Duncan Hines boxed cakes and Betty Crocker are really good. The lake photos are beautiful, as the sunset is showing in the distance. Your pasta meal looks so Yummy, and with bread and butter, even better. I haven't watched Shark Week yet, but I am enjoying the Hallmark Christmas in July shows. : )

    ~Sheri

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  15. Chocolate & pasta....heavenly!! Love those sunset pictures.

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  16. Your lake is just so beautiful. The water has always brought my soul peace. I'm so happy I'm making some pasta for dinner tonight because this post has me hungry! I may need to whip up mug cakes because now I want chocolate cake too. Lol That looks SO good! And I bet Flynn is the best Draper sitter. So cute! 😍

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  17. Who doesn't love a little chocolate with their pasta??? That cracked me up! The pasta AND the cake look AMAZING!!!

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Billie Jo